The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty – Anne Rice

This is an erotic novel, if you are under the age of consent or find BDSM disturbing or offensive then this is not the book for you.

The book is loosely based on the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty, as the name suggests, but it almost immediately becomes very adult in nature and is certainly not one for the faint hearted. It is BDSM based and contains what many people would consider graphic violence in the form of beatings and sexual violence.

I found this quite a difficult book to read because it’s so well written that I felt Beauty’s emotions myself; I felt I was living it with her and empathised with her completely.

The characters are mostly very complex, like any real life person. There are no defined goodies and baddies, everyone has their light and dark side.

I really enjoyed it, despite it getting under my skin, and it certainly made me think more on my sexual preferences and ideals. While reading it I’ve added some new things to my “want to try” list; things I never thought I was interested in before reading it.

I will say one thing though, it does go on a bit. I sat down several times to finish it but the final chapters seemed to go on forever. While they were interesting I did find that something of a struggle.

Overall I’m giving it 4/5 teepots.


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